How to Open and Recover .asd Files from Word Document

Roxanne updated on Sep 16, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


This page provides you with three simple methods on how to effectively open .asd file and restore lost word documents via the best file recovery software in the market. Follow the step by step guide provided below to start open .asd file as well as recover lost .asd word documents!

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Quick Navigation on How to Open ASD File:

  1. 1. On the File menu, select Open.
  2. 2. In the Files of type list (All Word Documents), select All Files.
  3. 3. Select the .asd file that you found, and then select Open.

Top 3 Ways to Open ASD Files and Recover .asd Documents

If you are looking for ways to open .asd files in Word 2019/2016/2010/2007, the following 3 methods can be applied to Word 2007, 2010, 2016, and 2019 for ASD file recovery:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Locate and Open ASD File Open "Word" > "File" > "Info" > "Manage Document" > "Recover Recent Unsaved Documents"...Full steps
Fix 2. Recover .asd from Recent Open Word > "File" > "Open" > "Recent" > Click "Recover Unsaved Document"...Full steps
Fix 3. Recover Lost Word or ASD Run EaseUS file recovery software > Scan Word location > Preview and restore lost Word...Full steps

Can't Open .asd Files, How to Open ASD Files

"I have .asd file which I wish to open. I have tried everything with the word I think. And when I open in notepad that file, it shows random symbols, maybe it's corrupted and can't be restored? By the way, that file was restored from my disk. Any solutions?"

how to open asd files in Word

A .asd file contains a snapshot or backup copy of the currently opened Word document by the AutoRecover tool of Microsoft Word. It is usually used to recover unsaved Word files due to a power outage, crash, or system failure. In general, the .asd files can be opened with Microsoft Word 2010 in Microsoft Windows-based Systems. But sometimes, you might fail to open it like in the example above; Word may say that the data is unsupported and cannot open it. On this page, we will show two effective ways to open a .asd file and recover the .asd files with ease.

Also read: Word 2010/2013/2016 Keeps Crashing When Saving

Method 1. Manually Open ASD Files from Microsoft Office

Word searches for AutoRecover files every time it starts, and then it displays any data found in the Document Recovery task pane. If the Document Recovery pane does not open, manually search for auto-recovered files. 

Here I take Word 2010 - 2019 for example:

Step 1. Open the Word program, and click "File" > "Options". In the left navigation pane, click "Save". Copy the AutoRecover file location path and paste it into File Explorer.

Step 2. Go to the File Explorer, find the unsaved document, and copy the .asd file.

Step 3. Go to your Word app, click "File" > "Open" > "Recover Unsaved Documents" at the bottom.

Step 4. Paste the copied .asd file into the File Name box popping up. Open the Word file recover it.

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If Word warns that "Word experienced an error...", repeat the steps and click "Open and Repair" at the open Unsaved Document window.

Method 2. Recover and Open .asd File from Unsaved Files Folder

Another way to find and open ASD files is to open .asd files in the Unsaved Documents. Here are the steps to locate and open ASD files in Microsoft Word.

Step 1. Open Word and click on "File" > "Open" > "Recent".

Step 2. Looking down the bottom of the screen, and click "Recover Unsaved Documents".

Step 3. Go to C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles and find the .asd file. Click "Open" > "Save As" to recover the .asd file.

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Find more methods on how to recover unsaved Word document Windows 10. 

Method 3. Recover Deleted/Lost Word Document with Software

Microsoft Word documents can be lost in many cases, such as accidental deletion, storage device formatting/damage, virus attack, lost partition, etc. When this happens, you can't recover the Word files using the AutoRecover feature, which is only useful for restoring the unsaved Word document. Then, how do you recover the deleted or lost document? Don't be discouraged; you have EaseUS hard drive recovery software to help you out.

This capable program allows you to fully recover DOC/DOCX, XLS/XLSX, PPT/PPTX, PDF, and HTML/HTM from internal/external hard drive, SD/CF card, USB flash drive, Pen drive, and more. If you have lost Word document from USB, go and read how to recover deleted files from the UBS flash drive.

Now, download and use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to restore Word document without effort.

Step 1. Choose the Word file location.

Do you know where you lost Word files? Choose the hard disk drive or a specific folder and click the San button. If it's on a USB flash drive or SD card, take one more step to connect it to your computer.

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Scan all lost data.

The software will start immediately scanning all lost data on the selected drive, and you'll see more and more data showing up in the scan results. After the scan, use the quickest way to the wanted Word documents by choosing "Documents" from the drop-down list in "Filter". 

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Step 3. Select Word files and recover.

You're allowed to preview a Word file if you have Microsoft Word application installed on your computer. Finally, select the desired documents and click "Recover".

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Extra Tips - How to Convert an ASD File to Word/DOC File

When you're working on a document, Word automatically creates backup files in case the program crashes. The file extension is .asd. To convert to .doc, you can follow the steps below:

Step 1. Open Microsoft Word. Click the "File" menu, then click "Open."

Step 2. Go to your username folder. You can find it in the drop-down menu at the top of the window.

Step 3. Double-click the "AppData" sub-folder inside your user folder. Double-click the "Roaming" folder, then select the "Microsoft" folder. Open the "Word" folder.

Step 4. Click the drop-down menu at the bottom of the window labeled "Files of Type," then click "All Files." Double-click the ASD file to open it.

Step 5. Click the "File" menu, then click "Save As." Under "Save as Type," select the DOC file format. Select a location for the converted file, then type in a name and click "Save."

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The AutoRecover feature in Word performs an emergency Backup of open documents when an error occurs. Some errors can interfere with auto-recovery functionality. But if you lost your backup - ASD files, you can use EaseUS data recovery software to get back wanted Word files and ASD files with simple steps.

ASD File Recovery Frequently Asked Questions

You have learned about three effective ways on how to open an ASD file in Windows 10/8/7. If you have other problems, you can read these questions and answers below.

1. Where are ASD files saved?

  • In Windows 7 and Vista, the file is stored in the \Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Word folder (username will be replaced by the author's username).
  • In Windows XP, the file is stored in the \Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Microsoft\Word folder (username will be replaced by the author's username).
  • In Mac OS X, the file is stored in the /Users/username/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office version AutoRecovery/Autorecovery save of filename

2. Can you delete the .asd files, do they store any info?

The .asd files just store a bit of metadata for Live to reference when importing tracks to allow for quicker export, especially across multiple projects and sessions. You can safely delete them, the only drawback being that any audio file used in a project will have to be rescanned when loading the project again which can be time-consuming if you have a large amount in a project.

3. Where Does Excel Store Temp Files?

  • Windows 10: C:\Users\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles
  • Windows 8/7/Vista: C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles
  • Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\UserName\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles

4. How do I open an ASD file in Word 2010?

To open .asd file in Word 2010:

  1. 1. On the File menu, select Open.
  2. 2. In the Files of type list (All Word Documents), select All Files.
  3. 3. Select the .asd file that you found, and then select Open.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

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The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

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It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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